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Tofuku-ji Temple東福寺


Construction of this large temple was begun in 1236 by the regent Kujo Michiie, who wanted to enshrine Kyoto’s largest monastery. The construction ultimately took 19 years to complete. The temple’s spacious grounds are home to such highlights as Japan’s oldest main temple gate (a designated National Treasure), and a toilet constructed in the Zen style as well as a temple nave decorated with a painting of a dragon on its ceiling (both Important Cultural Properties). Four gardens are distributed to the east, west, north, and south sides of the grounds, and each offers charming but different scenery. The northern garden in particular, with its checkerboard of moss and stones, is a must-see.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-778

phone 0755610087

[11Monday-Early Dec.]8:30-16:00
[Early Dec.-3Monday]9:00-15:30

Review of Tofuku-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/12/02 Unparalleled autumn foliage in all of Kyoto
We have visited many spots for autumn foliage in Kyoto. Tofuku-ji Temple is definitely number one. The dense red leaves in myriad shades and shapes are beautiful beyond description. No photo can...
Reviewed:2018/12/01 Beautiful maples
We took the train to Tofukuji on the JR Nara line and from there just walked to the temple.
It is a large Zen temple and hence has a good example of a typical Zen garden with sand ( and ripples to...
Reviewed:2018/11/28 Good for autumn colour but very busy
This complex of temples does not feature in many tour itineraries and indeed was omitted from our guidebook however it was listed in japanguide.com on line as having the best Autumn colour. We were...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-778 [map]



[11Monday-Early Dec.]8:30-16:00
[Early Dec.-3Monday]9:00-15:30
[Tsutsumibashi/Kaizando Admission fee to worship] Adults 400 yen, Junior High School Students 300 yen
[country designated name Katsu Tofukuji Honden Garden Admission fee to worship] Adults 400 yen, Junior/Junior High School Students 300 yen
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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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